July 30th, 2014
01:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama lambasts Republicans for ‘hatin’ all the time’

Updated 1:31 p.m. ET, 7/30/2014

Kansas City, Missouri (CNN) – Days before Congress' summer break begins, President Barack Obama used a Wednesday morning speech here to lambast Republicans who are preparing to sue him rather than take action on some of his agenda items.

“Stop being mad all the time,” Obama chided Republicans during rowdy, campaign-style remarks. “Stop just hatin’ all the time.”

Democrats think they've struck fundraising gold with the Republican threat of a lawsuit against the White House, as well as the specter of impeachment some members of the party have raised. Since Friday, Democratic electoral committees sent more than a dozen e-mails using the issues to stir their supporters into donating money.

Top House Democrat: 'you bet we're going to run' on lawsuit and impeachment

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, tasked with electing Democrats to the House, said they'd raised more than a million dollars in online donations using the tactic.

House Speaker John Boehner announced plans earlier this summer to file suit against Obama for circumventing Congress on changes to his health care law, which some Republicans said was unconstitutional.

Obama has slammed the move as a political stunt, egging Republicans on with the quip "so sue me" during a speech in early July.

“They’re mad because I’m doing my job,” Obama said on Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to instead take action on closing tax loopholes and pass new laws he said will spur job creation.

“We can do so much more if Congress would just come on and help out a little bit,” he said. “Just come on. Come on and help out a little bit.”

Separately, some Republicans have suggested Obama could be impeached for exceeding his authority as president, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and others in the conservative wing of the GOP.

Boehner wrote off any talk of impeachment as a Democratic fundraising ploy on Tuesday.

"They're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's elections," he said.

The White House was quick to cite a list of Republicans who have floated impeaching Obama, saying Boehner's description of the idea as simply a Democratic talking point ignored the statements of some of his members.

"If that's the case, then I suspect that there may be members of the Republican conference that didn't receive the memo," Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

During his remarks on Wednesday at a historic theater, Obama cast the Republican lawsuit as a distraction from the real work he wants Congress to be doing, including closing a legal loophole that allows big corporations to incorporate overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

Obama cast such tactics as unpatriotic.

“They've always been American companies. They took advantage of all the benefits of being an American company but now their accountant has convinced them maybe they can get out of paying some taxes,” he said.

“It ain't right. Not only is it not right, it ain't right.”

While he was in Missouri Obama met with four people who'd written him letters detailing their struggles and successes in the uncertain economy. The President met the Kansas Citians over ribs and pulled pork at Arthur Bryant's restaurant, which has served the city’s signature barbecue to former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Its vinegar-based sauce is labeled "The President's Choice."

Obama hopes to highlight the issues facing the middle class by scheduling meetings with Americans who have written him. This summer he's shared meals with people in Minnesota, Colorado, Texas and elsewhere.

At Arthur Bryant's on Tuesday, Obama ordered a half slab of ribs and a Bud Light, though when he asked for cole slaw the restaurant's staff told him they had run out.

"You didn't save me some?" he joked.

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soundoff (371 Responses)
  1. smith1

    the GOP is wasting our time and money. We pay their salaries so let's vote the wacko's out. All presidents fund raise and so do senators and congressmen.. This does not take away from the job of president. What with cell phones computers and such. So stop whining and acting like he is not in touch. If anyone is out of touch it is the stupid republican party. And the crazies that support them.

    July 30, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. rs


    i know he is a very good man but to run the country the way he does, it harms more. Because if you are a good leader you will try to conpromise no matter how hard it is such as Clinton , Reagan. He keeps blame the other people for his failures, It shows to tge whoke world his weaknesses
    Exactly what does he have to compromise with? He worked out deals, and the GOP fails to vote for them. He's played nice, he's held meetings, he included their stuff in the ACA-all for nothing. The GOP even filibusters its own bills when the President supports them. Never mind the Right's birthers and TEA Party hacks.
    No, the real GOP is about supporting militias, and tax dodgers, shutting down the government, and undermining civil rights and equal rights. They have forgotten what America really is. Nothing more, nothing less.

    July 30, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Rachael Roberts

    Lordy, where do you start with all of these Obama haters who are so pathetically uneducated. Can't think for themselves, obviously, or they would not put their ignorance in writing like this.

    July 30, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Al

    So does Obama have the pair to allow the sue to proceed, for he can say no you can't sue and not agree to it. So all this is a waste, but you don't need Presidents approval to sue the Secretaries, and not doing the duty of the office they were appointed to.

    July 30, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. TomGI

    The Democrats have to raise money for campaigns. The Republicans don't since the Koch brothers got 100 of their billionaire plutocrats together and they pledged a collective billion dollars for the campaigns.

    July 30, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. rs


    Anyone feeling that Republican 'trickle-down money' yet? Is anyone seeing all those millions of new jobs that Republican tax-breaks to the rich was going to bring about? The devil is in the details.
    What's trickling down isn't money. We have forty years of proof that giving the rich tax breaks is the worst way to build the economy. The GOP has nothing for America- they believe corporations are people and have religious beliefs. They've lost their minds and their slight hold on reality.

    July 30, 2014 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. ricke1949

    When we trade a republic for a democracy, we are one step from a monarchy. Why is he not in DC doing his job? Emails and twits do no substitute for sitting down and talking vis a vis. Washington is burning and he is campaigning.

    July 30, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. daviddavid

    What a waste of a POTUS........worst one ever!

    July 30, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Yeah...all a "scam" by the Dems....

    "the many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored," and "if after all this he's not impeachable, then no one is...."It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment," – Jabberwocky Barbie (R-Alternate Reality)

    ""From my standpoint, if the president [enacts more executive actions], we need to bring impeachment hearings immediately before the House of Representatives," – Steve King (R-IA)

    "He either enforces the laws on the books—as he was hired and elected to do—or he leaves Congress no option. This is not our choice, this is the President's choice and I would advise him to uphold the law on the books," Ted Yoho (R-FL), referring to impeachment as an "option"

    "You know, the problem is, you know, what do you do for those that say impeach him for breaking the laws or bypassing the laws? You know, could that pass in the House? It probably could," – Lou Barletta (R-PA)

    "“I’m considering filing Articles of Impeachment against Barack Obama,” -Steve Stockman (R-TX)

    ""I think unfortunately the House is already out of the barn on this, on the whole birth certificate issue...The original Congress, when his eligibility came up, should have looked into it and they didn't. I'm not sure how we fix it...If we were to impeach the president tomorrow, you could probably get the votes in the House of Representatives to do it. But it would go to the Senate and he wouldn't be convicted." – Black Farenthold (R-TX)...yes, he was also whining that Obama proved he wasn't born in Kenya

    "If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true....I’ve had lawyers come in...These are lawyers, PhDs in history, and I said, ‘Tell me how I can impeach the president of the United States.’” – Kerry Benivolio (R-MI)

    I can keep going...

    July 30, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    W Bush may have been the worst president in history, but he is a lot smarter than any republican running in 2016. Government is not the problem, republicans are the problem.

    July 30, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  11. rs

    2016 or bust!

    The only thing this guy can do is eat bbq and golf. That means It oo am qualified to be president of the United States. When will people wake up and realize that just because someone can tickle you ears with a bunch of feel good platitudes does not mean he is able to run a country. Wonder if there is nayway he'd take a severance package to leave sooner!
    Yeah, what we really need is more good ol' cut-taxes-and-spend Republican budgeting (because "deficits don't matter"); we can kill off social Security, Medicare and Medicaid like Ryan wants; end child labor laws like Newt wants; and unleash another 20 years of senseless warfare so Halliburton and Dick Cheney can make more money. Meanwhile we can burn off our atmosphere with pollutions, and turn our groundwater into 10w-30.
    That sounds like the GOP future we all want.

    July 30, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. rs


    10 trillion debt alone...why isn't the thief in prison?
    Because Bush cut taxes and started two wars?

    July 30, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. sifto77

    Liberals on this blog are living in an alternate universe..last I heard, obama was the president..not the republicans..it is his fault as the so.called leader the mess the country is in..

    July 30, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. barryinlasvegas

    This may be a fundraising issue for Obama but for a guy that has had SCOTUS rule 9-0 against him 12 times – he shouldn't be laughing.

    July 30, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. peterz

    It looked like when Republican voters had more food on the table from the Dem administration, it made the GOP more angry and turned into the doing-nothing and do-not-care behavior?

    July 30, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  16. Politattack

    I guess this means he will be 35-45 minutes late when he "slams" them? This is a nice distraction from real issues at hand. It's why all the coverage. How's Syria?

    July 30, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Sergio

    Someone, PLEASE, take this clown for a two year round of golf or something, he's an embarrassment to the U.S, keep him out of government. He's the most incompetent president we have ever had. He spends MILLIONS of dollars, our money, traveling on AirForce One, to solicit money from the RICH. What a darn hypocrite.

    July 30, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Anonymous

    I agree. A lawsuit is a waste of time and money. However, Obama's previous comment regarding the lawsuit was "let them go ahead". I guess he is campaigning for cash now so the sound bite is more appealing.

    July 30, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Tone

    All wackos must go. vote them out. I concur smith1.

    July 30, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. david saint

    Dems even made them vote in Committee that the GOP didnt want the public to know how much money was going to be spent, wanted to allow their lobby lawyers to be able to be paid with the money, and even ones who have a conflict due to them profiting from Obamacare be allowed to take part. lol they masterfully showed this is just another way to pay their lobbyists with tax payer dollars, and write a blank check while doing so

    July 30, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. sanity-in-florida

    Isn't Obama the same guy who sued AZ over immigration laws?

    July 30, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. brian

    I agree a lawsuit is a huge waste of money and time. Reading this article was also a huge waste of time. Funny though, Obama previously said "let them sue". I guess the current sound bite is more appealing when campaigning for cash.

    July 30, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. sonny chapman

    'How did it ever get to be like this"-Vito Corleone, at meeting of all Families after Sonny was killed.

    July 30, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. Thom

    The GOP has spent the entire last 6 years from day one fighting this president and nothing more........ They even fought him on many things they use to be for before he was President. Don't they realize that may come back to bite them? Like spoiled damn children they are. The thing is..... every disaster prior to his taking office has bounced back to life and doing better than ever........ with ABSOLUTLY no help from the Right, which to me shows we don't need the right....and also shows that imagine had much better we'd be if the GOP had helped even once.

    July 30, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Tone

    Obama is useless.

    obama is a disaster.

    It's pretty vague to say something like that, unless it's just your racism coming out, can you tell me how useless or how much of a disaster he is?

    July 30, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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